Any recommendations for preparing for deployment?

Melody - posted on 12/02/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My husband is getting ready to deploy for a "Sea Tour" with the Marines for at least 6mn with not much time on land. He leaves in January and we have a daughter who will be 3mns in a couple of days. She is already quite attached to her daddy and loves spending time with him when he gets home from work and when he "makes" time for her. Even just seeing him makes her smile. I'm just curious though how to prepare her and what to do when he leaves. How do I make the transition between him leaving and coming back easy for her? I'm not to concerned about myself, I have done the deployment with him once before, I know I can get through this. But now with a baby in the mix I'm at a loss as what to do. So any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Nicole - posted on 12/03/2010

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its hard with kids cause u never know how they r going to react no matter much u expose them to a pic or voice recording. An actual person touching and holding them is completely different. I went through this with 2 or my kids. My daughter was 4 months when he left and turned 1yr old when he came home. She took some warming up to him but she fed off my reaction. Dont force her on to him cause pressure will have reverse affects. Just act like hes alwasy been there and ur daughter will follow your lead. pics and voice recordings help but i didnt do that with my daughter the first time he left. My son was 3 months when he came home the second time and my daughter was 2yrs old. Even after spending almost a year with her dad she still took a couple days to warm up to him again. Just be relaxed and dont sweat it. Like I said she will follow ur lead and dont force her on to him.

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Alycia - posted on 12/02/2010

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We had daddy recorded on a voice recorder reading storybooks, and made him part of their nightly routine. I think that helped familiarize my girls with his voice better than a recordable daddy doll or card.

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